Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sedano's Ad Preview (11/30 - 12/6)

Here is a preview of the Sedano's ad for November 30 - December 6, 2011.  The best deal is the $0.29/lb chicken leg quarters. Please note that a $10 minimum purchase is required BEFORE the chicken. There are some really good deals to add up to $10.00. My lists are designed based on a low-carb diet, though from time to time I will add good carb-based deals as well. Some of the best deals are below. You can go to Sedano's website to see all of the deals.

  • Sanderson Farms Bagged Chicken Leg Quarters, 10lbs, $0.29 (Limit 2), $10 min. purchase
  • Sanderson Farms Split Chicken Breast, $1.29/lb
  • Spanish Style Sausage, 14 oz, $2.49 
  • Applewood Smoked Sliced Bacon, 24 oz, $4.99
  • Sedano's Gallon Milk, 2/$5.00 (Limit 1 deal) 
    • I am not sure if you have to buy two to get the deal or if you can just purchase one for $2.50
  • Breyer's Ice Cream, 48 oz, $2.99
  • Crystal Farms Parmesan Cheese, 8 oz, 2/$5.00 ($2.50)
  • Avocados, $0.69 each
  • Salad Tomatoes, $0.69/lb
  • Iceberg Lettuce, $0.79 each
  • Yellow Onions (2 lb bag), $0.69 each
  • Yellow or Zucchini Squash, $0.69/lb
  • Green Onions,  2/$0.99 ($0.50)

Monday, November 28, 2011

Publix Ad Preview (12/1 - 12/7/11)

Michelle at I Heart Publix has released the sneak peak of the Publix Ad for December 1 through December 7. Below are my favorites. Please visit her website to get the full ad.

  • New England Coffee, BOGO, $7.79
  • Sargento Shredded Cheese, 5 to 8 oz, $3.00
  • Publix Aluminum Foil, 50 to 75 ft, $2.29
  • Gwantley Bacon, $3.00
  • Fresh Green Beans, Yellow Squash, Green Zucchini, $0.99/lb
  • Eat Smart Vegetables, $1.67

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Budgeting with iTunes

With the iTunes music store, the App Store for iOS devices, and now the Mac App Store, spending money with your Apple ID can quickly get out of control. This is especially true with music and mobile apps that are very inexpensive. The easiest way to prevent all of those small purchases from burning your wallet is to simply decide how much you are going to spend each month on iTunes and then purchase iTunes gift cards. You buy the gift card, enter the code into iTunes, and then the program keeps your balance at top of the application so that you know how much money you have left. 

Doing this helps you in many ways. It keeps your budget in line because you have a set amount of money to spend. It also keeps you from having to annotate all of those small purchases if you still use a check book or a software program entering transactions manually. Furthermore, your spending is not a surprise when you actually sit down to analyze it. One other thing I noticed is that I have become picky about what I choose to purchase as I watch my gift card balance wind down. When you set a spending goal, sometimes you end up competing with yourself to end the month under budget. 

You can also score good deals on iTunes gift cards from time to time. Publix has offered iTunes gift card deals similar to their gas card promotions in the past. CVS will sometimes have ECB deals on iTunes gift cards. According to I Heart Saving Money, Best Buy is currently running a deal for $80 for a $100 iTunes card. 

Does that sound much better than giving Apple your credit or debit card number and then spending freely? I think so.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Free Gas and Gas Discount at the Same Time

Spent: $61.81
Saved: $26.13
Total Value: $87.94
Percent Saved: 30%

Okay. So, when you include the gas card, the savings aren't much. Yes, Publix had its gas card promotion again this week. Get $10 off a $50 gas card when you make a $25 purchase. My total grocery order before coupons was $25.86. Talk about precision! Here are the highlights:

$50.00 Shell Gas Card
$10.00 off $50.00 Gas Card wyb $25 in groceries
(Made it $40.00)

Blue Diamond Almonds, $3.19
Buy One Get One Free
$1.00 off two Blue Diamond Almonds
(Made it $1.10 each)

Land O Lakes Half & Half, $3.09
$0.75 off Land O Lakes Publix Coupon
$0.75 off Land O Lakes Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $1.59)

Green Beans & Squash, $0.99/lb Sale

McCormick Grinders, $0.99
$0.55 off McCormick Grinders Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $0.44)

Spent: $25.36
Saved: $19.42
Total Value: $44.78
Percent Saved: 43%

So, with Winn-Dixie and Shell's fuelperks!, I can save on gas with my purchases. So, combine that with the Shell card deal at Publix, and you've got a true winner!

Dole Salad, $3.79
Buy One Get One Free
$1.50 off two Dole Salad Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $1.15 each)

Assorted Pork Chops, $3.69/lb
Buy One Get One Free
(Made it $1.85/lb)

Steak, $8.50 Sale

Onion, $0.99/lb Sale

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Grocery Round-Up: Stock Up

Spent: $41.26
Saved: $38.89
Total Value: $80.15
Percent Saved: 49%

This was a decent week at Publix. I was able to stock up on some olive oil and canned tomatoes. I tend to use those a lot. I also had to get some full-priced items. That was a great time to use store brands. Those products usually are only worth it when the name brand products are not on sale. 

$5.00 off $50.00 Purchase from Orlando Sentinel

(4) Green Giant Boxed Frozen Veggies, $1.99 
Buy One Get One Free
$0.75 off three Green Giant Target Coupon
$0.60 off three Green Giant Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $0.66 each)

Pompeian Olive Oil, $5.99
Buy One Get One Free
(2) $1.00 off Pompeian Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $2.00 each)

(3) Trident Layers Gum, 14 ct, $1.00 Sale
$1.00 off three Trident Layers Coupon
(Made it $0.67 each)

(4) Hunt's Tomatoes, $1.49
Buy One Get One Free
$0.45 off three Hunt's Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $0.63 each)

Emerald Nuts, $5.99
Buy One Get One Free 
(2) $1.00 off Emerald Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $2.00 each)

Sparkle Paper Towels, $5.49 Sale
$1.00 off Sparkle Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $4.49)

Publix Salad and Spinach, $2.00  Sale

Carolina Pride Sausage, $3.39 Sale

Publix Shredded Cheese, 8 oz, $2.50 Sale

Publix Eggs, 12 ct, $1.67 Sale

Full price items included the Publix Italian seasoning ($2.19), which was $4.00 cheaper than the name-brand, the Publix sour cream ($1.29), the Publix trash bags ($3.59), and the Publix frozen mushrooms ($1.49). Those mushrooms NEVER go on sale. 

Spent: $11.84
Saved: $9.78
Total Value: $21.62
Percent Saved: 45%

Yep. Definitely a meat trip. 

Chicken Thighs, $1.79/lb
Buy One Get One Free
(Made it $0.90/lb)

Winn-Dixie Thin Sliced Bacon, 12 oz, $3.00

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Winn-Dixie: More Digital Savings

Spent: $13.99
Saved: $15.02
Total Value: $29.01
Percent Saved: 52%

So, I had some more deals with SavingStar at Winn-Dixie. Thankfully, they had some unadvertised deals to go with it.

Truvia Sweetener, 40 count, $2.99 Sale
$0.75 off SavingStar e-Coupon
$1.00 off Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $1.24)

Smart Balance Spray, $2.69 Sale
$0.75 off SavingStar e-Coupon
$1.00 off Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $0.94)

Filippo Berio Olive Oil, $3.99 Sale
$1.00 off Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $2.99)

Pork Chops, $4.19/lb
Buy One Get One Free
(Made it $2.10/lb)